People with diabetes are usually not allowed to drink. But moderate drinking is acceptable. One drink a day for a women while two drinks a day for a man is what called as moderate alcohol consumption. A control on alcohol is very necessary if you are suffering from diabetes. The reason is that alcohol directly affects the blood sugar. Any sugary drink will show a hike in the blood sugar level.
But then again if you drink it on an empty stomach or take whatever medicine is required, then probably the chances of steep rise in the blood sugar will be not much.
Did you know that 12 ounce of beer has around 15 grams of carbohydrates as compared to a light beer which has only 2-3 grams of carbohydrates. And some beers have twice the amount of alcohol and calories than a regular beer. A recent study stated that wine helps in making better use of the insulin in the body. Also the chances of having type2 diabetes is less. The study further stated that wine also has certain heart benefits.
Also depending on the fruit juices and its sweetness with extra added sugar or soda can affect the blood sugar level. So it would be for better that you avoid sangria at the most. Instead opt for wine. It will have hardly 4 grams of carbohydrates. You need to stay away from sweetened juices and desserts.
Did you know that just an ounce of liquor is the same as 5 ounces of wine? Liquor is generally carbohydrates free but when you add soda or any juice to it, the level of sugar in it increases. That will be one reason why you will see your blood sugar on the rise when you consume liquor with soda or juice. Instead what you can do is mix your liquor with any calorie free soda or juice.
Again sweet drinks like margaritas and mojitos needs to be avoided. But if you are craving for it badly, you can add sugar free ingredients to it with some fresh fruits instead of sugary syrups. Always opt for something that is naturally sweet and which will not increase your blood sugar level. It is also important that you hydrate yourself. For this you should be drinking loads of water. And if you have taken an insulin dose, then you need to pay close attention to alcohol drinking as it may suddenly drop down your blood sugar level.